Could This Application Help Voters Win Key Swing States?
A new app called #NeverTrump is trying to make an impact in the upcoming US election
Besides maybe the co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel, the rest of Silicon Valley is intent on making sure Donald Trump does not become the next president of the United States. Although the tech world has been proactive to a certain degree, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Amit Kumar decided to take matters into his own hands by utilizing tech in the presidential race. His creation is the app, #NeverTrump. Even getting everyone in Silicon Valley to vote will not make a real difference during the presidential elections. California is already a strong democratic state, which led Kumar on his quest to engage voters in all states.
The app focuses on connecting voters throughout the United States to swap votes to help out battleground states. A user can download the app and then upload personal contacts. The app will form a list of contacts from swing states, letting users know who to reach out to.
The beauty of this app is that it also recognizes that third party votes need to be entered into this race. Therefore, the app matches voters in Democratic states with third-party voters in swing states so they can trade votes. People part of a user’s network are given out as suggestions. After users get matched, they can chat a bit before agreeing to a trade. This allows Hillary Clinton to receive votes in these crucial states while third-party candidates also get their votes considered. In addition, the app makes it possible to set up rallies and other political events for the future.
This app may be a good start to get the rest of the tech world to be more active in advancing the democratic process. With the current political climate, it is easy to see how voters may be getting jaded and thinking of avoiding the polls. However, democracy can only improve if people are going to the polls and voting. As flawed as the system may be, it is a way to push important political agendas forward while keeping politicians accountable. There needs to be an increase of informed people being active participants in ensuring the country is headed in the best direction. As the internet makes it easier to register to vote and social platforms help relay messages quicker than ever before, democracy can only get better.
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